David Wells

Research Technician

4840 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9719


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David has been working at UM-CIGLR since 2013. His current research focuses on how invasive species have affected diet, growth, survival and recruitment of larval fish, through changes in spatial organization of the lower food web in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. When David isn’t in the lab processing samples, he is out in the field deploying and analyzing samples using a suite of instruments (Niskin bottles, CTD, Plankton Survey System with a Laser Optical Plankton Counter, zooplankton, mysis and larval fish tows, MOCNESS and fisheries hydroacoustics software). His expertise includes assembly, maintenance and operation of the MOCNESS (Multiple Opening and Closing Net Environmental Sensing System). David also analyzes the data using several packages including Bioenergetics, Echoview and Biosonics software. Each year he also mentors CIGLR summer fellows, graduate students and student volunteers. In the past, David contributed to research involving benthic ecology and microplastics.

  • B.S., University of Michigan-Dearborn, Environmental Science, 2013
  • A.S., Biology, Schoolcraft Community College, 2011
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Food-web Dynamics
  • Ichthyology
  • Tropical Fish Culture
  • Fishing

Eppehimer, D., Bunnell, B., Armenio, P., Warner, D., Eaton, L., Wells, D., Rutherford, E., 2019. Densities, Diets, and Growth Rates of Larval Alewife and Bloater in a Changing Lake Michigan Ecosystem. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. (DOI:10.1002/tafs.10171). [Altmetric Score]

  • Wells, D., Olds,C., Lenart, S., Liu, H., Rutherford, E., Kurthen, A., Johnson, J., Vanderploeg, H., Glyshaw, P., Cavaletto, J. Spatial Variation in Lake Whitefish Larvae Growth and Density in Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay, Lake Huron. State of Lake Huron, Saginaw, MI (2019).
  • Wells, D., Rutherford, E. From Ship to Scope: Methods for Analyzing Larval Otoliths. 1st Great Lakes Prey Fish Age Estimation Workshop, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Traverse City, MI (2018).
  • Wells, D., Rutherford, E., Cavaletto, J., Vanderploeg, H., Glyshaw, P., Mason, D., Pothoven, S., Kurthen, A., Lenart, S., Olds, C., Johnson, J. Spatio-Temporal Variation in Coregonid Larvae Growth and Density in Thunder Bay Lake Huron in 2017. 61st annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Toronto, ON (2018).
  • Wells, D., Chin, T., Rutherford, E., Vanderploeg, H., Cavaletto, J., Glyshaw, P., Mason, D., Eppehimer, D. Influence of Dreissenid Mussels on Larval Fish Diet, Prey Selectivity and Growth in Southeast Lake Michigan in 2015. State of Lake Michigan Conference. Green Bay, WI (2017).
  • Wells, D., Psarouthakis, Z.,Rutherford,E., Chin,T., Vanderploeg, H., Cavaletto, J., Glyshaw, P., Mason, D. Shock and Awe! Estimating Mysis Density and Catch Avoidance using the MOCNESS in SE Lake Michigan. 60th annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Detroit, MI (2017).
  • Wells, D., Rutherford, E., Eppehimer, D., Cavaletto, J., Liebig, J., Vanderploeg, H., Rowe, M., Bunnell, D., Warner, D., Hook, T., Hutton, M., Collingsworth, P., Zischke, M., Claramunt, R. Does Seasonal Variability in Temperature Affect Lake Michigan Larval Fish Phenology, Growth, and Recruitment Potential? 59th annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Guelph, ON (2016).
  • Sano, L., Wells, D., Duhaime, M., Sheik, C., Daley, J., Chen, Z., Hankett, J., Burton, A. Presence and Characteristics of Microplastic Material in Great Lakes Fishes. International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) 2015 meeting, Burlington Vermont (2015).

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